ISIS today sent out a “Coming Soon” documentary titled Warning: Message Signed In Blood Coming Soon To ‘Nation Of The Cross.’ It will be as ISIS promised, showing a wave of Christian blood which it has spilt. It is quite horrifying.
This morning I noticed some western speculation as to what ISIS had in mind for this sinister surprise which makes it obvious that from the beach wave mixed in blood as to another slaughter of Christians.
UPDATE: WE ARE POSTING THE VIDEO HERE: ***GRAPHIC***
Some social media in the west speculated that this has something to do with Denmark, for example:
“Speculation as to ‘nation of the cross’ spans from Denmark (flag with cross) to ‘community of Christendom.’ This announcement came after the Denmark attacks yesterday, so is not a reference to yesterday’s attacks.” (Weasel Zippers)
Westerners care more about Charlie Hebdo, a liberal who mocked Christ portraying the Virgin Mary giving birth to a pig. But all throughout the Middle East, the speculation is quite different, the beach and the waves shaped red, a reference to the blood was a clear message to the Copts in Egypt, a people who are rarely cared for and to Egypt it is about the slaughter of the 21 Christian Copts who were dragged to a beach front in Libya dressed in orange jump suits. The picture shows from ISIS magazine Dabiq, a group of Copts bowing on a beach, which can be linked to the image of the new promotional video issued by ISIS.
While ISIS did not issue any additional information about the nature of the video and what can be contained, the phrase “Cross nation,” referred to in the Tweet, raises doubts about the fate of 21 Coptic Egyptian kidnapped by a group “Soldiers Of The Caliph” loyal to ISIS in Libya, and who had been abducted from the city Sirte, Libya.
And while the families anticipate the fate of their 21 sons in suffering, I am reminded of Christ’s descending on earth. The two places in Scripture I find Jesus landing to rescue folks are Zechariah 14 and Isaiah 19.
We all know that Zechariah 14 is about rescuing the Jews and converting them to Him, but Isaiah 19 should shock some folks and get us to ask who and why is Christ coming for in Egypt:
“And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:20)
Here we have the “Mighty One” is the Messiah, who fights on the day of the Lord to fight the oppressors. Here, see for yourself your brothers and sisters in Egypt suffering from the oppressors and calling for Jesus to come down and save them:
And where do we see such faith like this? Where do we see multitudes of Christians taking to the streets when there are 90% Muslims and in the face of such a massive threat the Copt stands for Christ, yet here, we fear a handful of bickering Muslims?
The call on Christ to appear and rescue the 21 Copts has become a typical occurrence in Egypt since Egypt is mentioned in Scripture that upon His return (Isaiah 19) “they will call on the Lord to send them a Savior and a Mighty One”. And so in the demonstration calling for Christ to descent and rescue the 21 brethren, they cried out: “Have mercy, save us O Lord for You are our salvation … Kurielaison (Lord have mercy) … O Lord of hosts …” as they did the sign of the crucifix (see 1:40) declaring their faith publicly as to take the mark of God in the midst of a Muslim majority population yelling out “we are not kafir (heathen).”
And this is exactly what these Copts are doing, calling on Jesus to descend and save them. Christ was called “Mighty One,” Isaiah 19:20 leaves no question as to who Christ comes to rescue: “He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.”
The Egyptian Coptics are increasingly being oppressed by the Muslim majority. But if God sees their cause as being so important to personally send His Son, the Savior and Mighty God to rescue them, then we need to ask: what are the Coptic Christians of Egypt doing right and what are they doing differently from the western church?
He comes to rescue the Christians, the remnant in Egypt, the 10% Christians. There is no doubt that the “Savior” and “Mighty One” is Christ. In the Psalms, Messiah is portrayed as a soldier and a fighter with the same reference, “Mighty One”:
“Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty” (Psalm 45:3).
In Zephaniah 3 this “Mighty One” is physically present in Israel’s midst:
“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save” (Zephaniah 3:17)
He comes for Israel to convert the Jewish people to Him. And if in doubt that Christ lands in Egypt, explain this:
“See, Jehovah rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them” (Isaiah 19:1).
Who comes on the clouds? We also meet Him in the clouds. We even sing “Behold He comes riding on the clouds,” yet we eliminate Egypt from the song. Indeed, we are lacking. We eliminate essential clues from our songs we sing. Why?
This is Messiah personally coming to defeat Egypt. Obviously, Egypt is a 90% Muslim nation with 10% Christians who will be caught up in the clouds and then landing to fight tyranny and Antichrist.
But here is the dilemma: the Egyptian Christians are Copts who believe that the bread and wine in the Eucharist are miraculously, and mysteriously, changed in to the Body and Blood of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. They also believe in the intercessions of the Virgin Mary or of the angels or of the saints.
Yet Christ is personally coming to rescue them and snatch them up in the clouds from the persecution by the Antichrist, the tyrant.
Ever think about it?
If Christ loves these, who are we to judge what He considers His brethren? Is it perhaps that even their theology is more sound than ours?
They even have a Pope. The previous Pope Shenouda III (بابا الإسكندرية شنودة الثالث), before his death on 17 March 2012, he wrote a thesis on responding to the western Protestant style Christianity and its in English.
He called for unity:
“We are in an age in which Ecumenical work and attempts towards the recovery of the Christian Unity have flourished. The meetings between the Churches, in councils, conferences and symposiums have increased, and the fields of co-operation and co-working have multiplied. However, unity is in a much higher level than cooperation. The Christian Unity should be built on the foundation of the “One Faith.” Thus began the theological discussions between the Churches. This book in your hands is a step in this theological discussion between our brethren the Protestants and us.”
Go ahead, read his work—it’s an eye opener.
My friends are concerned: why am I focused on the ancient East and Church Fathers in my theology lately? Some think I have gone mad because I do not sound like your typical televangelist prophecy teacher.
And why shouldn’t I focus on the east? The Coptic Christians are extremely devout to Christ. The Coptic Church is probably the most devout and active church in the world. Their youth were raised in the church, are very close to their church community, and are just as pious as their parents.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt was founded in the first century by St. Mark, one of the disciples of Jesus. St. Mark is regarded as the first patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He planted the Church in Alexandria, where he wrote his gospel—the Gospel of Mark—in the Greek language. After winning many converts to Christianity in several journeys, he was brutally martyred by pagans in the streets of Alexandria in 68 AD.
The Christian Church of Egypt (the Coptic Orthodox Church) produced world-wide distinguished Christian leaders and theologians who defended the Orthodox faith tirelessly.
I had asked a fellow Christian on my blog to tell me about St. Athanasius the Apostolic, the twentieth patriarch of Egypt (328-373) who fought the Arian heresy. She knew nothing, and the name wasn’t interesting enough for her.
He is known for his staunch defense of the orthodox faith, St. Athanasius suffered exile from his See five times.
There was also St. Cyril the Great, the twenty-forth patriarch of the Coptic Church (412-444), refuted the Nestorian heresy. His theology is regarded by Christendom as the key to orthodoxy. At the time of his death, the Coptic Church occupied the position of undisputed leadership in the entire Christian world, and Christianity covered most of the land of Egypt.
Christ loves the Copts, and so will I. Not only will I love them, but I will also learn from the remnants of St. Mark, the apostle. We always talk Bible, yet we forget who wrote it and where they lived and what they said and how they interpreted it. If I want to know what Mark meant by certain verses, I will sure check with the Copts before I check with Rick Warren!
Yesterday, we decided to send help to the heart of Egypt. We will find these families and we will send them help and support. The west needs to think on more serious issues on Christian persecution, which will increase as we see these events unfold. For example, we operate a very effective mission in rescuing fellow Christians who literally live under slavery. We are a unique organization (Rescue Christians) who rescues Christians, predominately in Pakistan, that live under the Muslim yoke baking bricks in kilns under the heating sun. Christians, too, are burned in furnaces in Pakistan with no one to mourn them. To see an example out of the thousands we rescue, click here, and listen to the amazing testimonies first hand on how you can help and make a difference, now in this life and for eternity.
Walid Shoebat is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was converted to Christianity, and author of the book, God’s War on Terror.
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost.
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